Policy Committee 02-NOV-2015

2 November 2015 at 6:30pm in the Council Chamber

Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

Committee Administrator(s)

Simon Hill. Contact Committee Services Team

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pdf icon Agenda [68kb]

pdf icon ​All papers [9Mb]

Agenda

ItemDescriptionWards affectedReport

1.

CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillors to declare any interests they may have in relation to the items for consideration in public session.

 

 

3.

MINUTES

To confirm the Minutes of the Policy Committee meeting on 8 October 2015.

 

pdf icon ​Minutes [37kb]

 

 

4.

PETITIONS AND QUESTIONS

To receive any petitions from the public and any questions from the public and Councillors.

 

pdf icon Item 4 [25kb]

5.

DECISION BOOK REFERENCES

 

 

6.

NARROWING THE GAP COMMISSIONING FRAMEWORK AND SUPPORT FOR THE THIRD SECTOR

Councillor Lovelock / Managing Director

This report sets out for approval a proposed bidding framework for future allocations of funding to voluntary sector organisations by the Council, to support cross-cutting corporate priorities relating to tackling poverty, supporting thriving communities, and promoting wellbeing to achieve social care and public health outcomes.

BOROUGHWIDE

pdf icon Item 6 [957kb]

7.

CULTURE & HERITAGE STRATEGY FOR READING 2015-2030

Councillor Gittings / Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services

This report sets out for endorsement the final Culture and Heritage Strategy, and outlines key changes following consultation on the draft strategy.

BOROUGHWIDE

pdf icon Item 7 [5Mb]

8.

THEATRE PROVISION IN READING

Councillor Gittings / Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services

This report sets out and recommends a process for the Council to initiate a procurement exercise for a development partner to potentially secure the provision of a new theatre for Reading.

BOROUGHWIDE

pdf icon Item 8 [42kb]

9.

EDUCATION CAPITAL PROGRAMME

Councillor Jones / Director of Children, Education & Early Help Services

This report provides an update on the Education Capital Programme and seeks approval for a proposed revision to the criteria for investment priorities.

BOROUGHWIDE

pdf icon Item 9 [116kb]

10.

HOME TO SCHOOL TRANSPORT BUDGET PROPOSAL

Councillor Jones / Director of Children, Education & Early Help Services

This report sets out for approval a range of proposals relating to the provision of Home to School Transport, a service funded by the local authority budget.

BOROUGHWIDE

pdf icon Item 10 [441kb]

11.

BRIDGE HALL, OXFORD ROAD - PREPARING FOR A POTENTIAL CLOSURE

Councillor Lovelock / Managing Director

This report sets out a proposal to scale down the use of Bridge Hall in the context of the age and condition of the building and the costs required to make the building meet basic standards.

ABBEY & BATTLE

pdf icon Item 11 [146kb]

12.

HENLEY ROAD CEMETERY

Councillors Lovelock & Gittings / Managing Director & Director Of Environment And Neighbourhood Services

This report advises the Committee of the current situation regarding internment at Henley Road cemetery, sets out a range of options for increasing burial land, and seeks agreement to use an area of land to provide additional burial space.

BOROUGHWIDE

pdf icon ​Minutes [2Mb]

13.

TACKLING POVERTY IN READING - PROGRESS REPORT

Councillor Lovelock / Managing Director

This report presents progress made on delivering the Tackling Poverty in Reading action plan.

BOROUGHWIDE

pdf icon Item 13 [194kb]

14.

READING OFFER: RELOCATION SCHEME, ACCOMMODATION ALLOWANCE AND RELOCATION SCHEME FOR OVERSEAS SOCIAL WORKERS

Councillor Lovelock / Managing Director

This report seeks the Committee's agreement to update the Council's Relocation Scheme, introduce an Accommodation Allowance (Appendix 2) and update the Council's Relocation Scheme for Overseas Social Workers.

BOROUGHWIDE

pdf icon Item 14 [388kb]

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